Wednesday, April 7, 2010

éirígí Sligeach mark anniversary of Easter Rising with wreath laying ceremony

A wreath-laying ceremony took place on Easter Monday at the Republican plot in Sligo cemetery to mark the 94th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. Wreaths were laid at the plot on behalf of éirígí Sligeach who organised the event. The Sligo Roll of Honour, the 1916 proclamation, the 1919 Declaration of Independence and the 1919 Democratic programme were also recited.

Speaking at the ceremony, local éirígí activist Gerry Casey said that the political establishment north and south of the border had completely abandoned the ideals of those who fought and died in the Easter Rising.

Casey said: “Ninety four years on from the 1916 Rising, the sad reality is that the national and social ideals that these brave women and men fought and died for has been abandoned by the political classes on both sides of the border.”

He added: “The British occupation continues. British troops and a British paramilitary police force remain in Ireland. British rule is now shamefully administered in the six counties by the Stormont executive that includes many who at one time opposed the British occupation of Ireland.”

éirígí Sligeach Easter Monday Wreath laying ceremony April 5 2010 from éirígí Sligeach on Vimeo.

“We live in a society where mass unemployment and poverty is rife and increasing. Workers and working class communities have suffered enormous hardship as a result of savage cutbacks in pay, social welfare and the provision of essential public services imposed by callous anti-worker administrations in Leinster House and Stormont.”

Casey concluded: “For our part, éirígí remain committed to working towards and achieving the goals of those who fought and died during easter week 1916. That is, a united Ireland and the creation of a Democratic Socialist Republic, not a puppet parliament in Stormont. We will continue with our efforts to secure both a British withdrawal from our country and the overthrow of the capitalist system which is based on greed before need and which has caused so much pain and suffering for workers in Ireland and indeed worldwide.”

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